EIKO ISHIBASHI - KAREN WILLEMS
WhenMon. 14 Nov, 2022
"She can write melodies that wrench with feeling."
Eiko Ishibashi is a Japanese multi-instrumentalist whose work has ranged from acclaimed singer-songwriter albums to scores for film, television, theater and exhibitions to improvised music.
Since she launched her solo career in 2006, she has released numerous albums on labels including Drag City, Black Truffle, and Editions Mego. Her sixth full-length album "The Dream My Bones Dream", released in 2018, was selected as one of the best albums by many magazines.
In 2020, she was commissioned to create music for art and photography exhibitions, such as The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ "Japan Supernatural" exhibition at Sydney, and the “Memory of Future” exhibition at Mandako coal mine in Kumamoto, Japan.
She branched out into film composing in 2016, creating the score for the film "Albino's Tree" directed by Masakazu Kaneko, which won the Best Music Award at the Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards. In 2019, she composed the music for the anime "Mugen no Juunin – IMMORTAL -".
The score she composed for Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s 2021 film "Drive My Car" garnered international attention and was later arranged into an album released in the same year, incorporating sound effects from the film.
This year, she announced her new LP, titled “For McCoy” released from Black Truffle in January, and her radio residency on a global radio platform NTS Radio.
The belgian drummer/percusionist Karen Willems is active in various fields. Started as a drummer in different rock and pop bands (Zita Swoon Group, Yuko, Pascal Deweze, Jan Swerts ..) With a number of musicians she built up a tradition within improvised music and sound art such as Jean DL, Jürgen De Blonde, Eric Thielemans, Elms Willdick, Zwerm, Rutger Zuydervelt, Frederik Croene, Fred Frith.. With TERRE SOL, Karen Willems is following a solo path. The result is a kind of auditory play that moves back and forth between organic seeking and playful art, shamanism and a kind of futuristic ritualism. Man, machine and nature (always present via the field recordings) keep on interacting in constantly transforming constellations. It is a wide and adventurous sound that is proof of this artist’s restlessness and hunger to explore and expand: open, exciting, alternately subtle and powerfull. In may this year she released her last album ‘Grichte’, released on W.E.R.F records. It fits the mission of searching, feeling and letting go, the spontaneous game with adventure and connection as underlying key motifs.